Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hackers do enjoy sticking it to the man

A few hackers got their game on doing it old school style. They hacked the system and stole $415,000 from Bullitt County, Kentucky, they also had some help in conning the state.

The washingtonpost :
"The crooks were aided by more than two dozen co-conspirators in the United States, as well as a strain of malicious software capable of defeating online security measures put in place by many banks. ...the trouble began on June 22, when someone started making unauthorized wire transfers of $10,000 or less from the county's payroll to accounts belonging to at least 25 individuals around the country... [T]he criminals stole the money using a custom variant of a keystroke logging Trojan known as 'Zeus' (a.k.a. 'Zbot') that included two new features. The first is that stolen credentials are sent immediately via instant message to the attackers. But the second, more interesting feature of this malware... is that it creates a direct connection between the infected Microsoft Windows system and the attackers, allowing the bad guys to log in to the victim's bank account using the victim's own Internet connection."

LoL using the victims own Internet connection against them, I'm guessing these guys only leach at lan's ;)

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